Tiredness during pregnancy

Feel like you don't have the energy to climb into bed, let alone do anything? You are not alone! TalkMum blogger Cath tells us about her battle with tiredness during pregnancy - and her tips for fighting the fatigue.

The one thing I struggled with in both my pregnancies was the extreme tiredness. I am not the sort of person who can manage on 6 hours sleep a night and the tiredness started fairly early in both my pregnancies. First time round wasn’t as bad as there was only me and my husband, so I frequently had a nap when I got home from work. We also had plenty of early nights as I was shattered! We got into a pattern of being in bed by 9 o’clock and my husband would watch TV whilst I slept. At weekends I could stay in bed as long as I wanted and was rarely up before 10am.

Second time round was much harder as we had the 3 year old who kept me busy. I was also working 3 days a week and on my way home had to pick him up from Grandma’s. This meant that as soon as I got in the house I had to start making tea rather than having a nap. This time round I rarely saw 9pm and frequently went to bed at 8 o’clock when my son was settled. Again my husband watched lots of TV in bed whilst I was fast asleep! I did try and stay up later on a Saturday so we could spend some time together whilst our son was in bed.

My advice? Take a walk or have a nap

Whilst I was at work I found a 15 minute lunch time walk helped me concentrate better in the afternoon. The fresh air cleared my head and gentle exercise is important whilst pregnant. Staying active during pregnancy will help your body cope better with labour and hopefully will mean you get back in shape quickly afterwards. Walking is great as you don’t need any special equipment and it is very low impact and therefore perfect when you are pregnant.

If you're experiencing tiredness during pregnancy, try and take a nap when you can. This is obviously easier when you are pregnant with your first child, but Dad could take other children swimming or to the park for an hour on a Saturday or Sunday to give you chance to have a nap. If you have a relative or friend who will look after your child for a couple of hours then ask them to help out occasionally. Make sure you rest and don't spend the time tidying up!
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